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Indie Gaming Gets A Mag 18

Posted by Zonk
from the power-to-the-people dept.
bear pimp writes "Indie gaming mecca Game Tunnel has announced 'Game Tunnel Magazine', a quarterly journey into the world of indie games. Game Tunnel Magazine has everything you'd expect from a print gaming publication but with an indie-centric focus. In particular, the well-researched previews section of upcoming indie games is something that to my knowledge no other site has ever done. Issue 1 of GTMag is available for free as a downloadable ezine in PDF format"
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Indie Gaming Gets A Mag

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  • looks very very good too!! had a quick peek and I'm astounded not only by the mag but the amount of good looking playable games I'd never heard of before!

    great kudos to gametunnel !!
  • Bravo! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by uberphear (984901)
    This is exactly what independent developers have been wishing for, and as the editor says, it has been a long time coming. Personally, I've almost totally abandoned games by major developers, and gone with indie games instead. They tend to have more replayability, cost less and are all in all more enjoyable. I can't remember the last time I looked through the reviews section of a magazine and wanted to try or buy EVERY game listed in it. That's what this magazine did; it almost makes me want to re-read the
  • Good Idea?? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DaWeaves98 (998918) on Friday September 01, 2006 @07:31PM (#16027910)
    While I'm sure that it will get their games out to other sources, is it really going to expand their business all that much? Most independent games that turn out to be well made and moderately successful get coverage in the mainstream gaming media. Those games that are poorly made and don't have much buzz behind them might not get noticed, but it's quite possible that they don't warrent getting noticed. Look at games like Alien Hominid, it was a small flash game that caught on with people, it started to get coverage in main stream gaming press and eventually it was picked up and made into a console game. Additionally, what about the games from the big guys that get great acclaim and are amazing games, but get overlooked by the gaming public? There are lots of great games that aren't epic like Halo or Madden, so they get little or no press, but the small amount of press they do get is largely positive. Independent games just like independent movies have their niche in the grand scheme of gaming, but I don't think that this magazine is going to be seen by those unless they are seeking it out, and chances are those are already the people playing the games.
    • Re:Good Idea?? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by soniCron88 (870042) on Friday September 01, 2006 @07:41PM (#16027947) Homepage
      While I agree with your general sentiment, your argument is flawed. Alien Hominid, for example, was a financial failure, regardless of the Flash game's popularity. Additionally, being heavily involved in the independent game community, I've seen case after case of truly excellent indie games overlooked by the mainstream media, despite their quality and financial successes. It's a shame, but the mainstream media don't recognize the truly wide scope of indie gaming and only occasionally adopt a rare few as though they were the darlings of the indie community. Fortunate for the lucky few, yes, but only representative of the truly stellar titles coming out every month and below the radar.
  • So What? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    It's just a copy/paste of random articles from their website. And it's not even in print! How is this newsworthy?
    • Re:So What? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Half-pint HAL (718102) on Saturday September 02, 2006 @05:04AM (#16029044)
      Who reads the whole of any website?

      If I buy a magazine, I tend to do a three or four pass approach:

      1. Pick out the articles that interest me from the contents page and read
      2. flick through the mag and read any articles that catch my eye
      3. go through the mag, start to finish, reading any articles that I haven't read.
      4. In that way, I read the whole mag, and quite often it's the articles that I didn't think were interesting that present something truly new.

        However, websites are big, and structured to help you find what you're looking for. Your average browser is looking for something when he goes onto the website -- he only does pass one, using the site index. He never gets to those bits he didn't think would be interesting and as such discovers nothing new.

        Putting a magazine together, even if not a paper one, means editorial decisions and space considerations that websites just don't apply otherwise. (Although they could.)

        HAL.

      • by Aladrin (926209)
        Are you seriously saying that anything is STOPPING you from reading the website like the magazine? The only time I read a magazine from cover to cover is when I'm on the john and haven't got a lot else to do. If I'm at the computer, I'd not going to bother reading a PDF magazine cover to cover, and I certainly won't both to try to use the index to find articles. It's SUCH a pain in the ass that I gave up on that long ago unless I REALLY needed to find that article.

        Simply read the website like you'd read
  • Well (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sv-Manowar (772313) on Friday September 01, 2006 @08:13PM (#16028072) Homepage Journal
    I'm all for more gaming magazines, not mainly because I will read them, but because I support competition for the mainstream magazines of today that have their content dominated by their advertisers. Although I have to say, they had an advantage with low costs from running a website and the growing prominance of websites across the world, why are they taking a step backwards into a declining market? It seems like a better idea to put funding into improving and marketing for their web side of things.
  • I'm all for indy games, but where are my beloved free indy games? :)
  • Platform? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by joeljkp (254783) <joeljkparker@gma ... m minus math_god> on Saturday September 02, 2006 @11:53AM (#16029948)
    I wish they'd clearly state which platforms each game supports. It seems to me that the indie gaming scene would be a bit more friendly toward Linux and Mac, so I was hoping to get a couple good Linux game tips in there.

  • innovations? (Score:2, Informative)

    by uncle lag (731839)
    i am really sorry, but didn't you all miss something?

    for a long time there's "the gamer's quarter" zine in both pdf and hard-copy formats. recently they even launched a podcast. the tgq mag is really good, i just love it. and it's more about free-indie-games, not the pseudo-indie-pop-underselling-games. for the gtmag i'd rather be happy if tigsource had launched a zine..

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